Immigration Accredited Representative or Staff Attorney

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Supporting people through life’s changes and challenges.

We are seeking two Entry Level Attorneys or experienced individuals to become Accredited Representatives to work primarily with Refugees and Afghan arrivals to assist with their immigration processes once resettled in the Pittsburgh region.  This work includes consultations with individuals about their goals, including family reunification options, adjustment of status applications, assessment of SIV status and advice about steps required to complete the process.  In addition, the qualified candidate will screen for Asylum and Humanitarian Parole, and make referrals to other service providers, pro bono attorneys and partners as needed.


Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) mission is supporting people through life’s changes and challenges. The Immigration Legal Services department does this by assisting individuals with immigration needs to navigate the complex legal procedures to successfully meet their goals.  JFCS is recognized by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) of the Department of Justice as a voluntary agency permitted to host immigration specialists called Accredited Representatives. JFCS assists individuals with Adjustment of Status (Green Card) applications, family reunification, employment authorizations, victim visas, visa renewals/extensions, naturalization,  unaccompanied children’s issues and representation for those in removal proceedings.


We are a group of lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff working with immigrants and refugees to ensure clients  receive quality legal advice and representation. We have a fantastic team that collaborates well and is committed to supporting each other as we advocate for the best interests of our clients.  Serving clients with limited income and complex legal needs is difficult work and can be stressful at times, but we serve because of the huge impact our work has on people’s lives. We are honored to do this incredibly rewarding work for our community.


  • High level of organization to manage multiple types of cases and caseloads while being responsive to clients, and prioritizing those who have significant deadlines and hardships.
  • Knowledge of immigration law specifically relating to refugee issues is preferred.
  • Critical thinking about problems including the ability to evaluate the challenges clients present and determine their eligibility for legal remedy.
  • Must be culturally sensitive to the unique needs of each client and provide trauma informed services.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish, preferred)
  • Clear, concise written and verbal communication with clients, staff, partners, case workers and other stakeholders.
  • Comfortable using interpreters to communicate effectively with clients to discuss complex legal processes in straightforward, easy to interpret language.


  • Provide legal consultations to, and representation for refugees in all types of applications  before USCIS, EOIR, the Department of State and through the Volag to do refugee follow-to-join petitions.
  • Advise Afghan Nationals about their current immigration status and what their options are to potentially stay in the U.S.
  • Coordinate services and referrals for clients with other JFCS departments and other partners to obtain required documentation.
  • Stay abreast of changes in immigration law implementation and keep clients informed about changes that may affect their cases.
  • Networking with other stakeholders and partner agencies as appropriate to represent JFCS Immigration Legal Services Department.
  • Ensure entry of accurate, timely, detailed case information in JFCS case management software and assist with all required reporting information, as needed, for tracking time, invoicing and reporting to funders, etc..
  • Provide mentoring and supervision/support to interns, law students and pro bono attorneys, as needed.
  • Participate in legal department meetings, JFCS agency-wide meetings, CLE courses, professional development and cultural sensitivity training, as appropriate and necessary, to keep license to practice.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

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